On Monday, the French Embassy in Moscow said France would continue to issue short-stay visas to Russian nationals, but visa fees and visa application review times would be increased.
“France will continue to issue short-term visas to Russians. However, we draw your attention to the fact that the above-mentioned decision comes into force and that the conditions for issuing short-stay visas change. Visa fees are increased from 35 to 80 euros for all. Processing visa applications can take up to 45 days. It is therefore recommended that those wishing to obtain visas take this into account when planning their trips,” the embassy wrote on its website.
According to the embassy, this decision does not apply to long-term visas.
The decision of the European Council to suspend the simplified visa regime with Russia entered into force on Monday.
The EU violated this agreement, considering its suspension only 90 days after the other side was informed of the decision taken by the European Council on September 9.
Under the decision of the European Union, the fee for a short-term Schengen visa has been increased from 35 to 80 euros, the time for examining the visa application has been increased to 45 days and the number of documents attached to the visa application has also been increased.
Other than that, EU countries can refuse visas, grant visas for the duration of the trip only, or issue single visas instead of multiple visas.
The European Council has also authorized Member States to impose additional restrictions at national level, up to and including the cancellation of valid visas at borders for security reasons.